Norman Van Otterloo

Mr. Norman Van Otterloo, age 75, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at his residence.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, April 9, at 10:30am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Jonathan Opgenorth and the Rev. Donald Lenderink will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. There will be a prayer service on Monday, at 9:30am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 3:00pm on Sunday, with the family present from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at the funeral home.

Norman Lloyd was born on December 4, 1936, in Sioux Center, the son of Steven and Anna (Van Otterloo) Van Otterloo. He was raised at Orange City, where he attended the Christian School. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.

On September 12, 1963, he married Linda Jean Vander Meer at the First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. They made their home in Orange City, where he was employed at Silent Sioux for sixteen years and at K-Products for twenty years.

Mr. Van Otterloo was a member of the Trinity Reformed Church and the Pressman-Kosters American Legion Post, both in Orange City.

He enjoyed playing and watching baseball and softball games, especially when his children and grandchildren were playing. From 1977 to 1982, he managed the Pantry Café men’s fast pitch softball team, and since age 14, he has been an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Norm” made many bird houses and squirrel feeders, and he looked forward to watching his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of more than 48 years; a daughter and her husband, Leann and Thomas Steinhauer, of Sioux City; a son and his wife, Jeffrey and Angela Van Otterloo, of Sergeant Bluff; three grandchildren, Alex Steinhauer and Zachary and Zoey Van Otterloo; a brother and his wife, Stanley and Muriel Van Otterloo, of Orange City; a sister and her husband, Audrey and Jim Mouw, of Buffalo, Wyoming; a sister-in-law, Arloa Van Otterloo, of Colorado; a brother-in-law, Robert Groen, of Sibley; and many nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Albertus “Bud” and Leon Van Otterloo; and three sisters, Joyce Roskamp, Arlys Groen, and Linda Joan Van Otterloo, in infancy.


Chris Kannegieter

Chris Kannegieter, age 28 of Little Rock, IA died unexpectedly, Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Monday, April 9th at the First Reformed Church of Rock Rapids, with Rev. Dan Haggar and Rev. Katie Van Veldhuizen officiating.

Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 8th from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. The Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

Christopher James Kannegieter was born on January 13, 1984 in Worthington, MN, the son of James E. and Linda K. (Thiesse) Kannegieter. Chris attended school in Little Rock and graduated from George Little Rock High School in 2002. During his school age years he enjoyed GO-CART racing and snowmobiling. Following his graduation he worked for the Little Rock Elevator and later Exopack in Sibley, IA for a time, and then in 2005 he began working for Demco in Boyden, IA. On November 8, 2008, he was united in marriage to Michelle L. DeBuhr at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA. The couple made their home in Little Rock and to this union two children were born, Ava Lynn and Cole James Kannegieter. He was a member of the Little Rock Fire Department. He valued the time spent with his Dad, as a partner in their business called “Gator Cleaners”. In his spare time he participated in the Figure 8 races at the Heritage Days Celebration and Lyon County Fair. He also enjoyed spending time with friends at Lake Shetek in Slayton, MN. Chris was a very hard worker and enjoyed helping the farmers in the area during the harvest season. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, grandson and friend. His family will miss his great sense of humor and easy smile.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Michelle Kannegieter and their two children, Ava and Cole of Little Rock, IA; his parents, James and Linda Kannegieter and brother, Austin Jon Kannegieter of Little Rock, IA; paternal grandmother, Marge Kannegieter of Little Rock, IA and maternal grandmother, Joanne Thiesse of Little Rock, IA; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Lori DeBuhr of Rock Rapids, IA; sister-in-law, Tracy (husband, Eric) Breuer and their daughter, Teeghan of Rock Valley, IA; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jr. John Kannegieter and maternal grandfather, William Dale Thiesse.

Robert Rohwer

A Memorial Service for Robert Rohwer, age 94, of Indianola, IA, formerly of Paullina, will be held Thursday, April 5th at Paullina Friends Meeting in rural Paullina, at 11:00 AM, with the family available for visitation at 10:00 AM.

Harold Van Zandbergen

Mr. Harold Van Zandbergen, age 86, of Newkirk, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012, at the George Community Good Samaritan Center.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, April 5, at 11:00am, at the Newkirk Reformed Church. The Rev. David Powers will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Newkirk Cemetery.

There will be a prayer service on Thursday, at 9:45am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Visitation will be after 4:00pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at the funeral home.

Harold Forrest was born on June 22, 1925, in Orange City, the son of Arie and Trina (Hoffs) Van Zandbergen. He was raised in rural Newkirk, where he attended the Consolidated Schools. He served in the United States military during the Korean Conflict.

On January 15, 1960, he married Eldora Van De Berg in Sioux Center. They farmed at Newkirk, where he operated a corn shelling business and was also a gunsmith, owning Zandy’s Repair. Eldora passed away on July 5, 2000, at Newkirk.

On January 20, 2001, he married Carol (Van Wyk) Mulder at Newkirk. They continued to live at Newkirk, until February of 2011, when they moved to the Pioneer Memorial Home in Orange City. In November of 2011, he transferred to the Good Samaritan Center.

Mr. Van Zandbergen was a member of the Newkirk Reformed Church, the Reuter American Legion Post in Hospers, the National Rifle Association, Pheasants Forever, and the Sioux County Cattleman’s Association.

He enjoyed hunting, especially with “The Hounds”, fishing, going to gun shows, collecting guns, trap shooting, and playing cards and games. He looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his second wife, Carol; Harold and Eldora’s five children and their spouses, Mikell and Ali Rabih, of Denver, Colorado; Mavis and Jim Schipper, of Hospers; Robert and Robin Van Zandbergen, of Orange City; Martha and Darren Hulst, of Hospers; and Maria and Chad Schwartz, of Primghar; eighteen grandchildren, Aussy Rabih, Mirian Rabih, Ahmad Rabih, Adam (fiance, Haley Williams) Rabih, Dora Rabih, and Layla Rabih; Crystal (husband, Ryan) Steffen; Melissa (husband, Bo) Ryan, Matthew Schipper, and Nathan Schipper; Chris Van Zandbergen, Kevin (wife, Katrin) Van Zandbergen, and Keith Van Zandbergen; Danielle Hulst, Zachary Hulst, and Josiah Hulst; and Braden Schwartz and Caleb Schwartz; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Marion and Ruth Van Zandbergen and Adrian and Carol Van Zandbergen, all of Orange City; a special grand-nephew, Mark De Kock; a few nephews and nieces, several step-children, and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by his first wife’s parents, Henry and Della Van De Berg; a nephew, Ward Van Zandbergen; and a niece, Sarah Van Zandbergen.

Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital and Home Health and Hospice.

Cleo Winkel

Cleo Winkel age 88 of Ashton, IA died Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 4th, at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Ashton, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of Ashton, IA.

Cleo Wubbena Winkel was born March 8, 1924 at Ashton, IA to Ben and Lena Wubbena. She attended Gilman #4 Country School and graduated from the Ashton Public School in 1941. Cleo married Merton Winkel on February 7, 1945 at the Presbyterian Church in Ashton. Cleo and Merton were blessed with a daughter Rosann on December 7, 1947. Rosann lives in Seattle, WA with her husband Jack Fontaine. Cleo was a member of the Ashton Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder for a number of years. Both she and her husband were very active in the church. Cleo worked for over 35 years at the clinic in Sheldon as a lab technician. She loved working with people.

Cleo leaves to mourn, her daughter, Anne and Jack Fontaine of Seattle, WA; brother Merle Wubbena of Sibley, IA; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Merton and her parents.

Ronald “Ron” L. Brinkman

Ronald L. Brinkman, age 83, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at his residence in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 1:30pm from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Daniel Hart ~ officiating. Burial with a graveside service will be at 12:15pm on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Greenwood Cemetery in Matlock, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, March 30, 2012 after 2:00pm with the family present from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Memorials may be directed to the Sheldon Trails Committee and or the Matlock Town & Country Club.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:  Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon,  Iowa.

Ronald Leo Brinkman, the son of Gerrit and Ruth (Kreulen) Brinkman was born January 28, 1929 in Matlock, Iowa. He received his education in Matlock and graduated from Sheldon High School in 1946, he also attended Sheldon Junior College and AIB Business School in Des Moines, Iowa. Ron served in the Iowa National Guard as a M/Sgt from 1948 – 1949 in Sheldon. On August 18, 1953, he was united in marriage to Donna Rolston at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa; the young couple lived in Orange City for a year before moving to Sheldon in 1954. Ron started out working in the family business, Brinkman Produce; Egg and Poultry as the bookkeeper and General Manager for 22 years. He also worked for Kooistra Insurance Agency for 9 years; the Executive Director of Industrial Development for the Sheldon Chamber of Commerce for a year; Donohue’s Ltd. in Sheldon and Sioux City for 7 years; he also sold realty for ARI for 20 years, retiring in 2008. He passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at his home in Sheldon, reaching the age of 83 years and 2 months.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, serving as a Luther league Sponsor, Sunday School Teacher, church council and was on the building committee, he had also served as the President of the Northwest Iowa Realtor Association. He enjoyed his family, ice cream cones with his granddaughter, crossword puzzles, cooking, golfing and playing cards.

Ron is survived by his wife, Donna of Sheldon; two children, a daughter, Shawn and her husband, Karl Knudsen of Boise, Idaho and a son; Kurt Brinkman of West Jordan, Utah; one granddaughter, Emily Knudsen of Boise, Idaho; a brother, Gerald Brinkman of Sun City, Arizona and a sister and her husband, Ruth and Donald Lenderink of Orange City, Iowa and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Lt. Elmer P. Brinkman MIA 1943, Lloyd Brinkman in 2005.